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LAHORE (PAK TIMES): As many as 358 newly-elected members of the Punjab Assembly were administered oath on Wednesday by outgoing speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal.

The oath-taking ceremony held during the first session of the Punjab Assembly that begun after a delay of 46 minutes.

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Several members took oath including Chaudhry Pervez Elahi, Aleem Khan, Hamza Shehbaz Sharif, Khawaja Saad Rafique, Dr Yasmin Rashid, Salman Rafique, Ayesha Chaudhry, Chaudhry Zaheerud Din, Bilal Yasin, Nadeem Kamran, Irfan Doltana, Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed, Manshaullah Butt, Murad Ras, Dr Mukhtar Bharat, Zakia Shahnawaz, Uzma Bukhari, Hina Pervaiz Butt, Bushra Anjum Butt and Sania Ashiq.

However, the estranged leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Chaudhry Nisar did not attend the first session of the provincial assembly.

The caretaker Chief Minister of Punjab Dr Hassan Askari and other members of his cabinet are attending the first session and will welcome the newly elected members.

Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the Assembly will be chosen on August 16 through secret balloting. The nomination papers for the aforementioned slots will be submitted from 3 pm to 5 pm today.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has nominated the leader of PML-Q Chaudhry Pervez Elahi as a speaker and Dost Muhammad Mazari as deputy speaker. On the contrary, Chaudhry Iqbal Gujjar will run for speaker’s slot.

Strict security arrangements have been made on the occasion. Helpdesk has been formed on the entrance gate.